Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Scaling with FX and Ryzen on Windows 10

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Scaling with FX and Ryzen on Windows 10 1703

This posting is part of a series of posts meant to explore the following topics:

  • Testing designed to compare FX and Ryzen scaling with various workloads.
  • Testing designed to compare GTX 660 and GTX 1050 Ti scaling with various CPUs.
  • Testing designed to compare Windows 7 and Windows 10 under real-world idle conditions.
  • Testing designed to compare gaming/encoding performance while encoding (under CPU load) in the background.

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The following benchmarks were performed with the following hardware configurations:


  • Windows 7 Sp1 Updated, Windows 10 1703 Updated
  • GeForce GTX 660 and 1050Ti both at stock frequences.
  • Tests focus on real-world configurations and actual usage variations, not solely hardware component isolation. For that, check out gamersnexus.
  • 1% lows, 0.1% lows and standard deviation calculations (for accurate error bars) not performed due to data analysis and time limitations.
  • For full disclaimers, detailed configuration information, and results data please see the raw results Google doc. Tabs exist.
  • Regarding MetroLL and Ryzen's SMT.

Synthetic GPU Benchmarks

Passmark GPU

  • Significant scaling across architectures (11.5%) but not clock speed increases.

CineBenchR15 OpenGL

  • What real world applications scale like this? Maybe OpenGL games? So DOOM maybe?

3DMark Firestrike Score

  • Significant scaling across both architectures and not clock speeds that is likely more indicative of real-world performance in non-GPU bound games.

3DMark TimeSpy Score

  • Phenom II and older CPUs, like Brisbane, are not DX12 compatible.

Unigine-Heaven FPS

  • That 4850e lives!
  • More importantly, it seems getting a better CPU will increase minimum frame rates significantly.
  • This test also does not properly factor in that minimum frame rate increase into how it reports averages.

Unigine-Heaven Score

  • The minimums are not reflected in the score at all.


Tomb Raider

  • Obviously completely GPU bound.
  • That 4850s is totally playable at 1080p on Ultra.

Metro Last Light

  • Regarding MetroLL and Ryzen's SMT.
  • Metro responds quite well to better CPU frequencies, and with SMT disabled, will likely have better performance than the FX 8350. With SMT enabled however...
  • Just remember to test for this in your games and consider playing around with SMT and/or setting core affinities.

Shadow of Mordor

  • GPU bound with marginal performance increases with a better CPU.

Ashes of the Singularity Escalation

  • Assuming stock, Ashes shows an 8.7% Average for Heavy scenes improvement when switching from FX to Ryzen.
  • Considering GPU improvements tend to be in the ballpark above 30% improvement for any given game, it seems it would still be advisable to get a better GPU instead for better performance.
  • That does not hold true for the 4850e. Upgrading from a 4850e to an 8350 @ stock would yield 252% the performance.


  • If you have an FX8350 and a 1050Ti or lower, do not expect massive performance increases switching to Ryzen. Safe yourself some money and upgrade the GPU instead.
  • CPU-focused games can be a different story as well as minimums. How minimums scale with the 8350, since they are heavily influenced by the CPU in CPU bound games, is unclear.
  • Minimums and the associated frame times go a long way towards making games playable, more so than averages given that they are more indicative of bad frame times and stutters.
  • Based upon some benchmarks by gamers nexus: Games with an FX8370 (same CPU has 8350 with a different clock rate) and 1080 Ti can show roughly ~50% improvement when switching to an OC'd i7 7700k.
  • So after combing data, the bottleneck for diminishing returns with the FX 8350 in terms of a GPU upgrade exists above the 1050 Ti and below the 1080 Ti. Maybe a 1060 6GB, 1070 or Vega would the most before further frame rate improvements percentages, relative to a GPU upgrade beyond that point, would suggest getting a better CPU instead. Again, that is true for averages, minimums are another story.
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My current setup is an FX8350 stock and a GTX 970. Not sure if I will upgrade later this year or not.

Nother interesting Benchmark of Titanfall 2 with a 1080

Taking an FX from 3.2 to 4 is different then taking an FX from 4 to 4.7
No L3 cache makes a difference
2fps separates the 8350 on up to the I7-6700
Source engine is a thing of beauty.
2 threads would not work according to techspot

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